I earn money, have a roof over my head, and have food on the table. Is this what is supposed to make us happy in life? Do you walk around each day thinking this is how life has to be?
If you had asked me this question around ten years ago, I probably would have answered yes because that typically meant life was going my way and I wasn’t really performing any self-inquiry. Only when life wasn’t going according to my plan, did I begin to start asking questions and taking stock of myself. It was during one of these times that I realised I wanted more out of life. I knew deep down that this was not how I wanted it to be. I felt that something was missing.
When life goes our way, we don't have this self-inquiry. It only happens when life is not going according to our plans. This is the time we have many questions and involves a process of 'taking stock of oneself' and deciding what it is we really want.
I tried many sadhanas which only helped for a short while but always left me back at square one. It was only in 2013, I happened to attend a Maha OM Chanting with a Bhakti Marga swami. I was so intrigued by the OM Chanting that I started to attend the weekly sessions. About two months later, the OM Chanting coordinator announced that there would be an Atma Kriya Yoga Course taking place. Honestly, at the time I had attended so many courses, I figured why not another one.
This is going to sound strange, but, when I got to the course I felt a sense of belongingness. I was drawn to the fact that these people who were already Atma Kriya Yogis were different. They seemed full of light and not just happiness, but a sense of contentment.
ATMA KRIYA YOGA AWAKENS THE SHAKTI, THIS COSMIC ENERGY INSIDE OF YOU, SO THAT YOU RETURN BACK TO THE UNIVERSAL SOURCE WHICH IS YOUR TRUE SELF.
PARAMAHAMSA SRI SWAMI VISHWANANDA
The reason I still practise Atma Kriya Yoga, almost seven years later, is that it has had such a positive impact in my life. It's like when Paramahamsa Vishwananda talks about eating ice cream. You get your favourite ice cream and enjoy it but when you get to the end and your tummy is nice and full, do you love the ice cream as much as when you first started eating it? Most of us would answer no. We’ve had enough. If we had more we’d get sick. As human beings, we are conditioned by feelings, likes and dislikes. We change our minds all the time.
What I have found with Atma Kriya Yoga is that unlike ice cream, I always want more Atma Kriya Yoga each day. Why? Because this is the first sadhana that has given me so much. It has helped me find meaning and purpose.
Without Atma Kriya Yoga I would not have met my Satguru Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Without my Satguru Paramahamsa Vishwananda I would not have found meaning to my life.
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